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Can the Bucks Remain Unbeaten This Week?

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The new “let it fly” Bucks finished their first six games with a perfect 6-0 record, and now face some stiff competition this week to keep their winning streak alive. After a week where the Bucks played four games in six days, they only face three opponents this week, spread across seven days. Toronto and Boston are two of the toughest teams in the Eastern Conference, and Sacramento has played surprisingly better than expected– so this is not a light schedule by any means. Here’s what’s ahead for the Bucks in week three of the regular season:

Monday, October 29th vs. Toronto (6-0) @ Fiserv Forum

The battle of the unbeatens promises to feel like a playoff game, as these two Eastern Conference foes each will be seeking to remain perfect. During the offseason, the Raptors acquired Kawhi Leonard to add to their already formidable roster of Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, and Jonas Valanciunas. Unfortunately tonight, it has been reported that both Kawhi (rest) and Giannis (concussion) will not play.

The Bucks added some size underneath with Brook Lopez and Ersan Ilyasova, so look for quite a battle in the paint. In the past Valanciunas pretty much owned the Bucks with his behemoth 7’0”, 265 lbs frame. While this will be the first time Milwaukee faces a Raptors team featuring Kawhi, it will also be Toronto’s first time squaring off against the new offensive juggernauts of Milwaukee. It will also be the first appearance in the new arena for former Buck Greg Monroe, but he has appeared in just one of Toronto’s six games– logging only four minutes. This game is a must-see!

Thursday, November 1st @ Boston (4-2)

Before the season began, many pundits picked the Celtics as the team to beat in the east. Boston got off to a good start, easily defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 105-87, but haven’t played consistently since then. In their second game of the season, they lost to Toronto 113-101, and then barely edged out the New York Knicks 103-101. Orlando then beat them 93-90. They are not playing like the powerhouse everyone has made them out to be. Not until they dismantled the Detroit Pistons by 20 points on October 27th have the Celtics overpowered their opponents. Conversely, the Bucks have been destroying their opponents with double digit point differentials in all but their first game against Charlotte. The Celtics defense promises to give the Bucks a tighter battle than they have yet faced this season. This is another game not to be missed.

Sunday, November 4th vs. Sacramento (3-3)

The Bucks return home Sunday against the Kings for their first of seven Sunday matinees. Sacramento dropped their first two games of the season but are winners of three out of their last four (Oklahoma City, Memphis, Washington). Their week includes a four-game road trip that concludes in Milwaukee, but they have the similar young energy the Bucks had in the early years of the Giannis-Jabari era. Ex-Kentucky Wildcats De’Aaron Fox (17.7 points/7.0 assists/4.2 rebounds/1.3 steals per game) and Willie Cauley-Stein (16.5 points/8.0 rebounds/3.2 assists/1.2 steals per game) have been a superb duo through Sacramento’s first six games and figure to continue this feat as the season progresses.

It definitely won’t be easy, but if the Bucks stick to what has brought them to their second best start in franchise history– we could very well see that change to best start in franchise history by the end of the week.

Here are all the highlights from last week’s wins:

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About Bob Holland

Bob was born & raised in Milwaukee, and has been following the Bucks since their first season. He's the father of two teenage boys that are also diehard basketball fans.

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